Tampa, Florida -- A Tampa farmer faces jail time for selling improperly inspected meat.
27-year-old Jorge Ortega, the operator of Jorge's Farm, pleaded guilty to three violations of the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The US Attorney's Office says the violations include selling adulterated or misbranded meat, selling uninspected meat, and improper slaughter of swine.
In October of 2011, Ortega slaughtered a pig that was contaminated with insects and other filth, and then sold the carcass to an undercover agent without labeling it properly and without the required federal meat inspection.
In 2012, an animal rights group filed civil lawsuits against Ortega and another Hillsborough County farm over animal cruelty and health code violations.
Ortega faces up to three years in prison for each violation.